|"I'm fortunate to be living in my remarkable hometown - the Twin Cities - full of people and places I love. I'm also lucky to be part of the KSTP 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS team, where I have the opportunity to cover the vibrant lives and important issues of people across Minnesota."|
Brandi joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in January 2014. Before returning home to the Twin Cities, Brandi worked as a Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist at NBC 7 San Diego (KNSD) from 2011-2013. While at KNSD, she also served as an on-air contributor for "Politically Speaking", the station's weekly public affairs show. From 2008-2009 Brandi worked as a Reporter/Video Journalist/Bell County Bureau Chief at News 8 Austin. She covered Fort Hood and its surrounding communities. Brandi's first on-air position was as the Political Reporter at KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota from 2006-2008. She covered statewide elections and legislative sessions.
Brandi began her career as a Production Assistant at MSNBC from 2005-2006. She served as an Intern with Dateline NBC in 2004, as well as with The Washington Center during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.
Brandi earned a North Dakota Associated Press Award for best Series/Documentary in 2007. On assignment in Guatemala, she covered political, educational and cultural exchanges between North Dakota teachers and Guatemalans via The God's Child Project. She also received a North Dakota Associated Press Award for excellence in Political Reporting in 2006.
Brandi has a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from George Washington University in Washington DC. Her concentration was International Development. Brandi went to graduate school full-time from 2009-2011. Brandi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her minor was Spanish. She studied abroad in Barcelona and Salamanca, Spain.
Brandi is a member of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
Brandi enjoys watching movies & documentaries, going on hikes and checking out live arts performances. She's conversational in Spanish and still keeps in touch with her friends in Spain. For several years, Brandi was a gymnast at TAGS Edina.
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